Thursday 14 December 2017

The reign in Spain: will new King and old system last?

Princess Letizia
Princess Letizia
Mary Kenny

Mary Kenny

There'll be a new King of Spain by Wednesday, Felipe VI. But the question they're asking is – will he last?

Spain has a tradition of republicanism – though it also has a tradition of extremism. It was the only country in Europe where the Anarchist party had a strong hold – their battle-cry, under a black flag, being the sombre and oxymoronic: "Long Live Death!"

But it's said that most younger Spaniards are now favouring a return to a republican constitution. If a plebiscite proves that is the popular choice, it's goodbye King Felipe, Queen Letizia and the little princesses.

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